How to reduce your waste in everyday life

Global WAKEcup Bamboo water bottle

There are some really quick and easy things you can do to reduce your waste during your work day.  And a little will go a long way if more and more people participated. I’ve been working on cutting down our waste as a family of four, for a few years now, but the more I do, the more I want to do, and deeper I go down the rabbit hole.  I am learning about zero waste, but I’m not quite sure I’ll ever go there.  However, there are a few small things that everyone IS capable of doing in their everyday life.  And you’ll save some dollar too!

  1. Take a shopping bag everywhere, keep one in your day bag, in your car, by the front door, at work.. it doesn’t have to be fancy, any bag or old plastic bag will do, it just saves another one being used once.
  2. Water bottles.  I started doing this more so once I’d had kids.  We are always out and about, and on maternity, I found it to be adding up if we bought food and drink out nearly everyday.  So I never left the house without water bottles for each person, snacks and/or a packed lunch.  And it just pisses me off paying for water as thats what I’d get anyway.
  3. Coffee travel cup / keep cup. Whatever you want to call it, you can buy travel mugs that flat pack down to fit in your handbag.  And if you use them in coffee shops, you get a discount on your coffee.  And no waste.
  4. Packed lunch.  I used to get ripped when I used to work in the corporate world because I was earning good money but still living like a student.  I still take a packed lunch with me everywhere, mainly because I then don’t have to worry about finding food, I don’t spend money on food, and I’m also not using single use packaging and I’m not wasting last nights leftovers.
  5. Travel Cutlery.  I know bamboo cutlery is all the rage, but I have a metal camping cutlery set that all click onto each other, thats about 20years old… it works well.  Now we have four sets, one for each family member that come out and about with us.
  6. Straws.  You can buy metal straws online and use them until the end of time.  You can reuse plastic straws, which we have done, but they are harder to clean smoothie out of.

So there you go, six quick and easy top tips on how to reduce your daily waste while living your normal (best) life.  I hope this helps!  I’ll do another blog about easy swaps you can in the home to either reduce your waste, or taking that small step away from single use plastic.

My Amazon link to some of the things I’ve found useful along the way.  Water bottles, coffee cups etc.. 

Global WAKEcup Bamboo coffee cup

Player Layer: Eco Workout Leggings

Following on from again from my resolution blog… I have been given the chance to test out some eco conscious workout leggings!  I have been testing out the Eco Layer Leggings from Play Layer over the past couple of weeks.  These are made from 25 recycled water bottles which I love, and I have been putting them through their paces in my normal week.

I have worn them all day (a few times) and they are super comfortable and fit like a glove.  I got a size 10 as I went by the measurement guide on their website, I’m glad I did as I usually just go for the 8 but they might not have been as comfy.

I’ve done yoga in them a number of times and absolutely no complaints there either, stretchy and allow any movement.  I even went to body pump in them this week to put them through the sweat test.  They were excellent, very supportive, and they are super high waisted so no crack on show while squatting (always a bonus).  Yes I was hot and sweaty, but no different than if I was in any of my other workout leggings.

Overall, a very successful test!  I will be wearing these on a weekly bases from anything from the school run to travel, from yoga to the gym.  Two thumbs up in my books.  And the fact that they are made using 25 recycled water bottles.. well that, I just love.

At the moment you can use the code: JB-ECO50 and get 50% off a pair of these bad boys. CLICK HERE

Photos: well I’d like to say that the juxtaposition of the leggings next to the ocean wave as deeper and more meaningful message about single use plastic and how its flowing into our oceans and harming our marine life, yet its amazing that it can be recycled into so much more, like clothing…. but I just wanted to show off my new artwork!

(Jokes btw, I care about the fishies).

 

 

Global WAKEcup: 1 Day Plastic Free Challenge

I’m stoked to have teamed up with Global Wake Cup for their 1 Day Plastic Free Challenge!  The idea is pretty clear, challenge yourself to go one day, just one day, without using any single use plastic.  Can you do it?  There are some helpful tips on the cotton tote pictured above….

If you want to find out more about the challenge, head on over to their dedicated website page: HERE and make sure you follow them on Insta: @globalWAKEcup and use the hashtag #1dayplasticfree when doing your challenge!

There is also a just giving page set up with The Marine Conservation Society where you can donate the cost of your daily coffee if you like.  These guys do sooooo much work with our oceans and coastlines, check out their site if you’re not familiar with them.

You know my story, I don’t go anywhere with out my reusable water bottle (and for the whole family), my travel coffee cup, I now use metal straws in my smoothies, I take carrier bags with me everywhere and keep some in the car. And the best thing we ever did was invest in a proper coffee machine.. it was £150, however, we no longer spend upwards of £6 a day on coffee between myself and my husband (potentially £186 per month), AND we make it at home in the morning in our travel cups.. so even easier to avoid a disposable coffee cup.

My hardest plastic challenge is to do with the weekly food shop.  Some of you might have seen in my insta stories that I’m testing out different supermarkets for price and plastic.  My aim is to find one that offers the most products without packaging and recyclable packaging AND affordable.  I will blog about my findings so far (when I can!).  So far I’ve done Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tescos.  I am on a mission to cut our waste as a family and be more mindful of what we use.